Burnaby RCMP recovers half a million dollars worth of stolen equipment after Burnaby business broken into twice in less than 24 hours


2023-12-06 06:22 PST

File # 2023-39898

Burnaby RCMP recovered approximately $500,000 of stolen specialized surveying equipment after a North Burnaby business was targeted in two break and enters in less than 24 hours.

Heavy duty specialized equipment laid out on the floor and on a table.  Two large specialized surveying machines on the ground in front of a table with more surveying equipment. Heavy duty specialized surveying equipment laid out on a table.

Just after 6:00 a.m., on November 13, 2023, Burnaby RCMP frontline officers attended a business near Still Creek Avenue and Douglas Road for a report of a break and enter and theft of approximately $500,000 worth of surveying equipment.

On November 14, 2023, at approximately 3:00 a.m., less than 24 hours after the first theft, Burnaby RCMP frontline officers responded to a second break and enter in progress at the same North Burnaby business. Nearly $30,000 worth of gear was reported to have been stolen during the second break-in.

Burnaby RCMP’s Strike Force Unit, which specializes in robberies and property crime, assumed conduct of the two investigations.

On November 15, 2023, Strike Force, along with several other Burnaby RCMP sections, executed search warrants on 3 residences in Mission, where the equipment was located and seized.

Three vehicles were also seized and a man and woman were arrested and released.

Several specialized sections of the Burnaby RCMP, including our frontline officers, displayed a high degree of urgency and perseverance to quickly locate and recover this valuable equipment and return it to it’s rightful owners, said Insp. Matt Toews, Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Services Officer. The end result was the successful recovery and return of half a million dollars worth of stolen property, which will allow the targeted business to remain operational.

The investigation is ongoing.

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj

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Burnaby RCMP
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